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DFS Renewed

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A Declared Facility Status (DFS) is required by HM Coastguard for an NCI Station to be fully integrated with the UK Search and Rescue (SAR) organisation. This year, September 5th was the date for the annual review of our status and once again it turned out to be a successful day for Teignmouth NCI.

The assessor spent over three hours in the lookout observing the skills of the watchkeepers from two consecutive watches. At the end of the visit, he had no hesitation in recommending that Teignmouth NCI should continue to hold it's Declared Facility Status.

He described the station as being very well run by an excellent and experienced team led by the Station Manager. He highlighted how well equipped the lookout is and that it is maintained in first class order. He also praised our training system which ensures all Watchkeepers are well versed in the necessary procedures.

All in all an excellent day - well done Teignmouth NCI.

15th Celebration Event

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Well, that was fun! What a great evening, shared by 44 members and partners celebrating 25 years of NCI nationally and 15 years of Teignmouth NCI. With memories, laughter and good food, and, of course, a bar!

We welcomed Ann-Marie Morris, Teignbridge MP, who presented 15 year certificates and badges to our 4 remaining founder members, Anne and Peter Channng, Peter Tysoe and Ian Radford. These 4 stalwarts cut the celebration cake organised for us by Sara Barker, our social secretary, and made by The Hobbit Cake Shop and decorated with the NCI logo and wording to record Teignmouth’s 15 years.

With the function room at The Cockhaven Arms decorated with NCI bunting and balloons, and NCI flag, there was a real sense of celebration. People met friends old, and new, and puzzled and laughed at the ‘old’ photos of some watchkeepers. Our sincere thanks go to Friends of Teignmouth Coastwatch for subsidising member’s costs.

The PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) jackets were distributed to help keep watchkeepers warm and dry when on NCI business.

15th Anniversary

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On Saturday 27th July - Teignmouth NCI celebrates its 15th anniversary of operating from the site of the old coastguard tower by decking out the new tower with nautical flags.

A big thank you to all our supporters over the years, enabling us to build the new watchtower and equip it with all safety equipment required.

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies, offering a variety of skills and experience and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.

This year is also the 25th anniversary of NCI, the first station was opened at Bass Point on the Lizard. Today there are 54 NCI stations, operational and manned by over 2400 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles, working in close contact with the Maritime Coastguard Agency to become an integral part of the National Search and Rescue Structure.

Barrel jellyfish

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Barrel jellyfish ( Rhizostoma pulmo ) have arrived in the South West. They have been washed up on the beach at Teignmouth and Shaldon and have caused quite a stir.

Barrel jellyfish are large - and we mean large! Difficult to say what size exactly but they can grow up to 90cm across and weigh Up to 35kg.

Barrel jellyfish do sting but officially not enough to harm a human. We just hope the jellyfish have read that but our advice is - DON'T TOUCH - and keep your pets away.

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Good Neighbour

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Good Neighbour News crossword competition winner Sonia Mistely nominated Teignmouth NCI as the charity for a donation.

Sonia prsented a cheque for £100 to Watchkeepers Dennis Clarke and Vida Bamforth at our Lookout.

Potential danger

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Working with Teignbridge District Council (TDC), Teignmouth NCI are pleased to advise that a potential danger to the public has been removed.

At low tide a potentially dangerous metal spike was spotted adjacent to one of the groynes directly in front of our watchtower, that could have caused serious injury to swimmers and surfers or damage to inflatables.

The ‘spike’ identified by Teignmouth NCI, was cut out by TDC contractors on 20th May when the low spring tide allowed maximum working time

A fine example of local organisations working together for the benefit of all!

Unexpected Catch

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The Teignmouth based trawler TH117 Girl Rona had an unexpected catch on Monday 25th March, a 1939 WW2 mine.

The trawler returned to Teignmouth and sat a mile off the coast while the Coastguards liaised with the Royal Navy.

A rib from the Royal Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team was launched from the quay to liaise at sea with the trawler.

The mine casing contained no explosive, but the detonator was intact and removed.

The mine was then deemed to be on longer a treat.

It was brought into the harbour quay by the trawler for disposal by TDC

Met Office visit

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A party of 16 Teignmouth NCI Watchkeepers visited the Met Office facility in Exeter.

The section of the operations room that handles the shipping and inshore water forecast use our webcams as a reference point for information gathering. They were interested in that they can view the actual weather conditions from our weather station and intend to do so in the future.

A very interesting and informative visit. Many thanks to the staff at the Met Office.

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